Recently, I was given a set of truss drawings for a project I have been working on. They didn’t quite look right, so I brought them into my project using the profile manager, applied the profiles to walls (beams would work too), and dropped them into the model based on the manufacturers layout plan and my AC model’s plate heights.
Once placed, it became immediately obvious that the trusses were way off.
To check the manufacturers trusses against the modeled geometry, I simply took sections at various areas of the model, copied the truss & roof elements and pasted them into the profiles (right click and choose edit selected profile). Then redraft the profile as it should show in section over the top of the original profile:
The last step is to relay the inconsistencies back to the truss manufacturer. This can be done very quickly and easily by setting up a schedule to show the truss profiles. For this exercise, my schedule settings were as follows:
And the resulting schedule placed to a layout looks like this:
By annotating the schedule’s preview items, you can even add notes and dimensions for how the trusses should be adjusted.